Guide to the Frederick W. Kasch Papers

Finding Aid Authors: Priscilla Lopez.
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Guide to the Frederick W. Kasch Papers 1937/2011

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Frederick W. Kasch Papers
Dates: 1937-2011
Bulk Dates: 1950-1980
Creator: Kasch, Frederick W., 1913-2008
Physical Description: 2.88 linear ft
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Phone: 619-594-6791

Biographical Information:

Dr. Frederick William Kasch was born in Chicago on April 16, 1913 and moved to San Diego in 1948 where he spent the remainder of his life as a physiologist, educator, and pioneer researcher of adult fitness. He attended Austin High School in Chicago in 1931, and earned a B.A. in 1935 and a M.A. in 1937 from the University of Illinois, where he played baseball. The team won the 1934 Big Ten Championship. Kasch earned a doctorate degree in education in 1956 from New York University and a physician’s doctorate from Walden University in 1982.
Dr. Kasch became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education at San Diego State College in 1948. In 1952, he established an Exercise Laboratory at San Diego State and began the first adult fitness clinic, also known as the Adult Fitness Program (AFP), on campus. He retired in 1980 as Professor Emeritus. In 1990, a university exercise physiology lab was named in his honor and an endowment for graduate study was established in his name in 1999.
Dr. Kasch received numerous grants for research and supplies for the university. His works were published in journals such as the Journal of the American Podiatry Association, the Journal of the Association for Physical and Mental Rehabilitation, Research Quarterly, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Physician and Sports Medicine. Dr. Kasch aslo co-authored the book Adult Fitness(located here: in 1968 and attended various national and international symposiums.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Personal Name:

Kasch, Fred W. (Frederick William)

Topical Term:

Physical fitness

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. Permissions is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Frederick W. Kasch Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Related Materials:

University Archives Photograph Collection, 1898-

Arrangement of Materials:

Alphabetical by Folder Title

Scope and Contents

The Frederick W. Kasch Papers (1937-2011) document Dr. Kasch’s work as a physiologist, researcher, educator, and promoter of adult fitness in San Diego. The collection highlights his published research, coverage in the media, and awards of appreciation from colleagues, students, and research participants. It includes data from his renowned longitudinal study, “Thirty-three Years of Aerobic Exercise Adherence,” as well as a transcript of the NBC News interview “Cardiovascular Care.” The majority of the materials are concerned with Dr. Kasch's professional career at SDSU and date from 1950 to 1980.  The collection is divided into seven series: Biographical (1913-2008), Correspondence (1954-2009), Photographs (1948-2006), Publications/Professional Work (1937-2010), Newsclippings and Media Coverage (1948-2008), Audiovisual (1978-2011), and Artifacts (1980-1999). Items are arranged alphabetically within each series and include newsclippings, correspondence, photographs, audio and video recordings, scrapbooks, publications and conference proceedings.

Detailed List of Contents



Box 1, Folder 1

Item Level Description of Biographical Information; Margaret Kasch

Box 1, Folder 2

Autobiography/Biography 1973-2005

Box 1, Folder 3

Curriculum Vitae 1913-2008

Box 1, Folder 4

Frederick and Katherine Kasch Memorabilia 1951-1964

Box 1, Folder 5

Dr. Frederick W. Kasch Memorial 2008



Box 1, Folder 6

Item Level Description of Correspondence; Margaret Kasch

Box 1, Folder 7

Adult Fitness Program Participant Correspondence 2002 and 2003

Box 1, Folder 8

Illinois, University of Illinois, Civil Service Exam 1941, 1947, 1952, 2004

Box 1, Folder 9

Professional 1954-2004

Box 1, Folder 10

San Diego State College/ University 1950-1999

Box 1, Folder 11

SDSU Former Students 1999-2009

Box 1, Folder 12

The United States Jaycees re: The President's Council of Physical Fitness 1968



Box 1, Folder 13

Item Level Description of Photographs; Margaret Kasch

Box 1, Folder 14

Adult Fitness Program and Exercise Physiology Laboratory 1967, 1979

Box 1, Folder 15

American College of Sports Medicine 1989, 1993

Box 1, Folder 16

Center for Optimal Health Performance 48th Anniversary May 4, 2006

Box 1, Folder 17

David Bruce Dill Symposium 1988

Box 1, Folder 18

Dedication of the Fred Kasch Exercise Physiology Lab, Flyer and Photos May 2, 1990

Box 1, Folder 19

Gymnastic Teams 1950-1963

Box 1, Folder 20

Joe Ginet 1982

Box 1, Folder 21

Professional Colleagues 1956-2007

Box 1, Folder 22

SDSU Birthday April 16, 2003

Box 1, Folder 23

Slides: SDSU AFP/ San Diego Ocean 1969, circa 1948


Publications/Professional Work

Box 1, Folder 24

Item Level Description of Grants, Publications, and other Professional Work; Margaret Kasch

Box 1, Folder 25

Adult Fitness Program Brochures 1961-circa 1981

Box 2, Folder 1

American Collge of Cardiology 1968-2004

Box 2, Folder 2

American College of Sports Medicine 1958-1972

Box 2, Folder 3

Brochures, Programs, and Flyers of Professional Work 1959-2000

Box 2, Folder 4

Centers Visited 1964-1968

Box 2, Folder 5

A Comparative Study of the Individual Mass and Group Methods of Teaching Elementary Swimming, University of Illinois Master of Science Thesis 1937

Box 2, Folder 6

A Comparative Study of the Pulse Rate and Respiratory Metabolism of Cardiac and Normal Boys During Standardized Exercise, NYU Doctoral Dissertation 1956

Box 2, Folder 7

Exercise Physiology Laboratory Manual, SDSC 1970

Box 2, Folder 8

Grants 1960-1972

Box 2, Folder 9

International Meetings 1968-1988

Box 2, Folder 10

Meetings within the United States 1958-1970

Box 2, Folder 11

Presentations 1958-2002

Box 2, Folder 12

Professor Frederick W. Kasch: Pioneer in Adult Fitness and Cardiac Rehabilitation, M.S. Thesis for CSULB by Michael Wade Taylor 2010

Box 3, Folder 1

Publications (1 of 2) 1947-1974

Box 3, Folder 2

Publications (2 of 2) 1975-2001

Box 3, Folder 3

SDSU 33 Year Longitudinal Study 1999, 2000

Box 3, Folder 4

Unpublished 1963-1986

Box 3, Folder 5

The Validity of the Astrand and Sjostrand Submaximal Work Tests, Walden University Doctoral Dissertation 1982


Newsclippings and Media Coverage

Box 3, Folder 6

Item Level Description of Newsclippings and Interviews; Margaret Kasch

Box 3, Folder 7

NBC Network News, "Cardiovascular Care" March 1994

Box 3, Folder 8

Newspaper and Magazine Articles 1948-1973

Box 3, Folder 9

Newspaper and Magazine Articles 1975-2008

Box 3, Folder 10

Joe Brooks 1952, 2007



Box 3, Folder 11

Item Level Description of Audiovisual Materials; Maragaret Kasch

Box 4, Folder 1

American College of Sports Medicine Symposium Honoring Fred Kasch and Reader Article May 27-30, 2009

Box 4, Folder 2

Cassette Tape: "Blood Pressure Changes with the Diet in Hypertensive Men" and "The Effect of Physical Training on Blood Lipid Profiles in Apparently Healthy Males" by Dr. Richard W. Hicks circa 1981

Box 4, Folder 3

Cassette Tape: "Way of Life," Seminar at the University of Southern California 1978

Box 4, Folder 4

CD-R: Documents by Margaret Kasch; Longitudinal Study Data 2011

Box 4, Folder 5

"Fitness: 25 Year Program" at Morraine Junior College, Illinois November 16, 1989



Box 5

Dr. Frederick W. Kasch's New Balance Running Shoes

Box 6

Item Level Description of Artifacts; Margaret Kasch

Box 6

Scrapbook: Surprise Retirement Party, Includes letters from friends, students, colleagues, and family; Photos of singing telegram girl with lyrics spoofing Dr. Kasch December 12, 1980

Box 6

Scrapbook: SDSU Endowment in honor of Frederick W. Kasch September 7, 1999